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RADM Rich takes command as RADM Lorge retires

SAN DIEGO, Calif. (Jul. 13, 2015) -- Rear Adm. Markham K. Rich (right) assumes command of Navy Region Southwest from Rear Adm. Patrick J. Lorge (left) during a Change of Command ceremony aboard USS Midway Museum. This is also a retirement ceremony for Lorge who ends 34 years of service to the U.S. Navy. Photo by MCC(SW/EXW) Liz Murray

SAN DIEGO, Calif. (Jul. 13, 2015) -- Rear Adm. Markham K. Rich (right) assumes command of Navy Region Southwest from Rear Adm. Patrick J. Lorge (left) during a Change of Command ceremony aboard USS Midway Museum. This is also a retirement ceremony for Lorge who ends 34 years of service to the U.S. Navy. Photo by MCC(SW/EXW) Liz Murray

Navy Region Southwest holds change of command ceremony
by MCC(SW/EXW) Liz Murray, Commander, Navy Region Southwest Public Affairs

SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- Rear Adm. Markham K. Rich relieved Rear Adm. Patrick J. Lorge as commander of Navy Region Southwest (NRSW), July 13, during a change of command ceremony aboard the USS Midway Museum in San Diego.
Lorge led Region shore operations to support 325,000 Sailors, Marines, family members and retirees. He initiated an energy strategy that included steam decentralization, Utilities Renewable Energy initiatives, energy security, and micro-grid technology that will lead to savings of 25 percent in consumption and $12.5 million per year. He collaborated with state and local governments to build a state-of-the-art coastal campus project in support of Naval Special Warfare. He also developed a Base Operations Long-Range Tracker synchronizing planning across all warfare enterprises and installations.
Lorge is retiring after serving 34 years in the Navy. During his speech, he compared the mixed feelings of closing this chapter in his life, to the scene between Clarence and George Baily in the movie "It's a Wonderful Life."
"As I reflected on my life in uniform over these last 34 plus years, I realized that I have been blessed by God in too many ways to count," Lorge said. "He gave me a purpose in life, the woman of my dreams, and five children more precious than gold. And he also gave me the gift to lead, and I, like George Baily, think this is a Wonderful Life."
Vice Admiral Kenneth Floyd, commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet, presented Lorge with the Distinguished Service Medal for his inspirational leadership of NRSW from July 2013 to July 2015, culminating 34 years of honorable and dedicated service.
Lorge's five children read the "The Watch," a poem typically read during military retirement ceremonies to respectfully relieve a service member of military duties and acknowledge the younger generation's role in carrying the mission forward. Following the poem, Lorge's son, U.S. Marine Corps 1st Lt. Phillip Lorge, gave his father his last active duty salute before being piped ashore.
Rich assumed command of NRSW following a tour in Washington D.C., where he served as the 88th Commandant of Naval District Washington. He previously commanded Naval Air Station Oceana and was chief of staff at Navy Region Southwest.
"To the Navy Region Southwest Team, I'm ready to get to work with you, for the second time in many cases, serving the fleet, fighter and family," Rich stated. "Our reason for being is to ensure the continued mission success of our tenants and mission partners."

SAN DIEGO -- Rear Admiral Markham Rich assumes command from Rear Admiral Patrick Lorge during a Change of Command ceremony aboard USS Midway Museum, July 13. U.S. Navy photo

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Navy announces retirement grade determinations
From the Navy Office of Information

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Today, the Navy announced the retirement grade determinations for the three Navy officers who received Secretarial Letters of Censure on February 10, 2015.
The following are the dispositions of each:
- Rear Adm. Michael Miller will retire on August 01, 2015 at the rank of Vice Admiral (O-9), after 41 years of service.
- Rear Adm. Terry Kraft retired on June 01, 2015 at the rank of Rear Admiral (O-8), after 34 years of service.
- Capt. David Pimpo retired on July 01, 2015 at the rank Captain (O-6), after 30 years of service.

New Global Trade Compliance impacts FPO package mailings Oct. 1
From NAVSUP Corporate Communications

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. (NNS) -- The United States Post Office and Military Postal Service Agency announced new Global Trade Compliance requirements, effective Oct. 1, that will impact all packages mailed at Navy Fleet Post Offices (FPO).
"The new Global Trade Compliance program will require the data on all customs forms for packages mailed to and from our Navy FPOs to be entered into the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (USCBP) database, similar to the way U.S. Postal Service post offices are currently conducting business for international and military packages with customs forms," said Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) Navy Postal Director Gabe Telles.
"Sailors can reduce waiting time in line to mail packages by filling out their customs forms online with the U.S. Postal Service's website, and bringing them to the post office; which is good news for Sailors," Telles added. "Navy postal personnel will experience an increased workload due to the manual input of the customs form data into the USCBP database. However, if Sailors come to the Navy FPOs with their customs forms already completed online, this will save time and only require the scanning of a barcode on the customs form."
Sailors can complete their customs forms online at under the "International" tab when they click the link titled "Complete Customs Forms."

Pacific Partnership hosts opening ceremony in Solomon Islands
From Pacific Partnership Public Affairs

HONIARA, Guadalcanal (NNS) -- Building and sustaining relationships was the underlying theme of the opening ceremony of the Pacific Partnership 2015 mission in Solomon Islands.
The Military Sealift Command joint high speed vessel USNS Millinocket (JHSV 3) arrived July 10 in the Solomon Islands as part of the PP15 mission.
"The relationship between our two countries goes back since the Second World War," said Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare. "I acknowledge the courage and bravery of allied troops along with the local scouts and coast watchers. They fought side-by-side for a more peaceful world in which their younger generations could grow and prosper."
This year, Pacific Partnership 2015 continues the annual deployment of United States Pacific Fleet forces in cooperation with regional governments, partner military forces, humanitarian, and non-government organizations," said North. "Besides providing medical and humanitarian assistance, Pacific Partnership's overarching goal is to improve the interoperability of the region's military forces, governments, and humanitarian organizations during disaster relief operations."
Millinocket and embarked Task Force Forager, led by an expeditionary command element from the Navy's 30th Naval Construction Regiment (30 NCR) from Port Hueneme, California, are currently serving as the secondary platform for Pacific Partnership 2015. The primary platform for the mission is the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19).
Now in its tenth iteration, Pacific Partnership is the largest annual multilateral humanitarian assistance and disaster relief preparedness mission conducted in the Indo-Asia-Pacific Region. While training for crisis conditions, Pacific Partnership missions have provided medical care to approximately 270,000 patients and veterinary services to more than 38,000 animals. Additionally, the mission has provided critical infrastructure developments to host nations through the completion of more than 180 engineering projects.
Additional information on the Pacific Partnership mission is available on the U.S. Pacific fleet Pacific Partnership website at

San Diego Navy news

CORONADO, Calif. (July. 14, 2015) Chief of Naval Personnel (CNP) Vice Adm. William F. Moran speaks to the staff of Naval Special Warfare Center during an all-hands call. U.S. Navy photo by MC1 Michael Russell CORONADO, Calif. (July. 14, 2015) Chief of Naval Personnel (CNP) Vice Adm. William F. Moran speaks to the staff of Naval Special Warfare Center during an all-hands call. U.S. Navy photo by MC1 Michael Russell

CNP visits Coronado Sailors
by MC3 Richard Miller, Naval Special Warfare Public Affairs

SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- Chief of Naval Personnel (CNP) Vice Adm. Bill Moran met with Naval Special Warfare (NSW) Sailors during an all-hands call on Naval Amphibious Base Coronado, July 14.
Moran discussed a variety of topics, including family support, General Military Training (GMT) and changes to the promotion and advancement process.
"What you see in terms of policy changes is leadership working to empower COs, pushing decision making to the lowest possible level," Moran said. "For example, the Command Advancement Program shifting to the Meritorious Advancement Program is just that, giving more authority to local commanders to make the call on what Sailors deserve to be promoted based on performance."
Moran addressed the reduction in annual GMT requirements.
"We have thrown out all GMT that's under the view of the Secretary of the Navy, it's gone," said Moran. "However, we're still required to do some GMT as directed by the Secretary of Defense or Congress."
Detailed information on the new training policy is available on the Navy GMT page at
Moving beyond training, CNP discussed plans to focus on family-centered initiatives, like expanded child care opportunities and updated co-location policies for dual military families.
"At the end of the day, many of the changes to policy we are pushing through are about improved quality of life and quality of service for you and your families," Moran said.
CNP concluded his remarks by recognizing Naval Special Warfare and the critical capability they provide our Navy and joint force.
"You are our most flexible force in responding quickly to things that flare up or events that could surprise us," Moran said. "Your expertise is central to our Navy's ability to respond to crisis, to defeat the enemy far away from America, long before they threaten our loved ones back home."
As the Chief of Naval Personnel, Vice Adm. Moran is responsible for all recruiting, training and detailing policies. He and his staff ensure Navy has the right number of Sailors with the needed skill sets to carry out operations across the Fleet.

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